A physiotherapist is a highly trained health professional who provides holistic treatment for people suffering from physical problems arising from injury, disease, illness and ageing. Physiotherapists treat with movement, exercise, manual therapy, education and advice to overcome your disability, facilitate recovery and remain independent for as long as possible.
At Olga le Roux Physiotherapy we have a special interest in the treatment of:
Old age is a sensitive phase. The elderly needs guidance to lead a healthy life and we thrive to give them independence for as long as possible. Treatment involves modalities for pain control and exercises for balance, strength and mobility. Advice to the patient, family and carers are given to ensure safe surroundings and supply equipment to overcome challenges.
Care for the terminally ill and their families. As part of a dedicated palliative care team we help the patient to live their final days with dignity. Family support, advice, pain control and mobility are basic needs of palliative patients.
Any injury or disease of the musculo-skeletal system can be treated. This includes treatment of all joints and muscles of the body. Both traumatic and degenerative conditions can be addressed.
Ongoing pain present for longer than three months is classified as chronic pain. Long after the body is expected to have healed itself from an injury, some patients still experience pain. This is sometimes not due to tissue damage any more, but a disfunction in the nervous system. The treatment for chronic pain involves retraining the nervous system to “think and act” different to your pain impulse. Sometimes these patients need a holistic approach from more than one healthcare specialist in the team to empower the patient to manage the pain.
Both professional and social athletes can suffer from a sports injury. This can be due to an acute injury or a repetitive strain. The cause of the injury needs to be addressed rather than just the symptoms.
After most surgery a physiotherapist can help to regain your mobility. With some orthopaedic surgery physiotherapy plays a vital role in regaining range of movement and muscle strength. This is necessary to rehabilitate to your optimal level of functioning again. Each surgeon follows a specific protocol post -surgery.
Dry needling is a very effective treatment modality for stubborn or deep muscle spasms. A fine needle is inserted into the muscle spasms. This can alter the way your body senses pain. Written consent is needed for this treatment.
Respiratory treatment helps patients that struggle to cough up phlegm or with shallow breathing patterns. Postural drainage, chest percussions, vibrations and assisted coughing as well as breathing exercises are modalities of treatment. The aim is to mobilize secretions, improve lung volume and ease breathing. Sometimes, with small children or terminally ill patients suctioning of these secretions are needed. For sinusitis ultrasound and laser can be used.
This is technique where small oscillatory movements are done on joints to improve movement. It can help to ease pain or stiffness of both spinal or peripheral joints.
Soft tissue techniques
After an injury the body goes through 3 healing phases. During the second, proliferation phase, soft tissue treatment is done to improve the structure of the new muscle and fascia tissue. With a chronic injury, treatment helps to reduce scar tissue with poor flexibility.
We offer a limited service of home visits for patients having difficulty to come to our practice. This service can only be offered within a limited area due to logistics.
Some patients can experience pain due to postural imbalances. This is caused by not using some muscles or overusing others, while you are doing your activities of daily living. Treatment involves rehabilitation exercises for strengthening and manual therapy for releasing.
Injuries or disease of the brain, spinal cord and nerves need specialize treatment to regain optimal function. Traumatic brain injuries, strokes or any neuro-muscular dystrophy are treated to prevent complications and regain function.
Different strapping techniques are required for each specific injury. Rigid strapping is used to support joints after an injury and limits movement in an injured area. This type of strapping must be removed after your game or sport activity. Non rigid strapping (kinesio tape) is applied to support injured soft tissue and improve circulation, this type of strapping can be left on the skin for longer periods.
Mastitis, cracked and sore nipples and blocked ducts are treated with ultrasound and laser modalities